'Big and Tall' Selected to the Mid Tenn Film Fest

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I'm excited to announce that Big and Tall, the short film I wrote and directed last year, has been selected to screen at the Mid Tenn Film Fest, scheduled for June 15-16, 2018. More details TBA once the final schedule is released. If you would like to receive updates about my film, be sure to follow Big and Tall on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

What Happens When the Video Crew Forgets the Light Kit

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You and your video crew are on the road, traveling to the interview location when you suddenly remember... The light kit is still in the studio! You're too far down the road now to turn back (plus you have a schedule to keep) and the interview location is in a small town where there are no rental facilities or other production companies.

What do you do?

First of all, don't panic. And DEFINITELY don't roll up to the location and announce to your client, 'Well, I left all of the lights back at the studio!" There are still plenty of ways to shoot an interview using only natural light. Here are a few things to try:

  1. Place the subject right next to a window. The natural daylight is usually soft and even. If you find that the light is too harsh, hang a sheet or a silk in front of the window to soften it. You might also try lowering the shade if the window is equipped with one.
  2. Take the subject outside. Make sure the background isn't in direct sunlight. Otherwise it will blow out. Use reflectors and bounce cards to add fill light to your subject. The image at the top of this post is from an interview I shot several years ago using only natural light and bounce cards. Notice how the background is dark, maintaining proper contrast and exposure. The light on the subject is soft, even, and has a nice fall-off.
  3. Use mirrors to direct light exactly where you need it. If you happen to be shooting in a tricky location where it isn't possible to take your subject to the daylight, then try bringing the daylight to your subject. You can achieve this by using a combination of mirrors (or any other highly reflective surface), bounce cards, and reflectors. In the video below, the production crew came up with a creative way to bounce the daylight around a corner and on to the talent.

Take some time to search YouTube and you will find hundreds of tutorials on how to light with natural light. Have any other suggestions? Leave them in the Comments below.

Hope for Aamir

This is the latest patient story I shot and edited for St. Jude. For several weeks, Aamir, 2, didn’t want to walk or eat, and his cry sounded different to his mother's ears. After numerous trips to the doctor, the cause was discovered: leukemia. He was sent to St. Jude where his mom says "It felt like I had hope, and he has a good, fighting chance of making it."